Joseph Crea

Shanghai Tower<, the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, recently achieved LEED Platinum for Core and Shell. The Tower, located at the core of Pudong’s growing Lujiazui finance and trade area in Shanghai, is 632 meters high.

LEED is the world’s most widely applied green building rating system and is currently used in more than 150 countries and territories across the globe. LEED CS (Core and Shell) is the certification for the envelope of a building, and Platinum is the highest level of certification a building can achieve. China is the second largest market for LEED in the world outside the United States, with 118.3 million gross square meters of space participating in the LEED green building rating system.

“As the tallest and one of the greenest landmarks in China, Shanghai Tower shows China’s responsibility and commitment to the world to improve the environment and boost the health of its people,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer of USGBC. "Every story about LEED is a story about leadership, and leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful tool that accelerates global market transformation of our built environment.”

The tower is a green building powerhouse buoyed not only by LEED, but also by China Three Star certification, which was awarded by China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD).

LEED has facilitated advances in building technologies, integrated design and operating practices, as well as saving building cost. LEED-certified buildings are estimated to save as much as $1.2 billion in energy, $149.5 million in water, $715.3 million in maintenance and $54.2 million in waste for the U.S. market from 2015 to 2018.

LEED Platinum certification will save significantly on costs for Shanghai Tower. For example, among all its intelligent building control systems, the lighting system alone will save more than $556,000 each year in energy.

Learn more about LEED in China